Local Bowls Facilities

Bowls can be played all-year round. In summer bowls is generally played outdoors on a flat green (lawn bowls) or sloping green (crown green bowls) but in winter it is played indoors. Indoor bowling has two main forms – long-mat and short-mat.

Short-mat bowls in Welburn village hall, near Malton

Short-mat bowls in Welburn village hall, North Yorkshire

Long-mat bowls (or indoor bowls) requires special facilities such as those provided at Ryedale Indoor Bowls Club, located in Norton on Derwent, Malton.

Short-mat bowls requires a suitable carpet but can be played in any hall of sufficient length and width. Thus, for example, short-mat bowls clubs often use the local village hall. There are two leagues operating in the Ryedale area – the Ryedale League (RL) and Dales League (DL). Local short-mat clubs (with the leagues they play in) include:

BSA (Swinton)                     DL
Helmsley                              DL, RL
Kirby Misperton                 RL
Kirkbymoorside                 DL, RL
Marton                                  DL
Thornton le Dale                DL, RL
St Cuthberts (Stillington)   RL
Welburn                               RL
Wintringham                      –
Yedingham                          –

During the winter of 2020/1 the BSA (Swinton) club have been playing at Ryedale Indoor Bowls Club.

More information about short mat bowls here and elsewhere in North Yorkshire can be found on website www.nysmba.com

Outdoor or Lawn Green Bowls

Welham Outdoor Bowling Club, is an attractive club located in Norton on Derwent. The picture shows the view across the green towards the centre of Malton

There are four leagues in which local clubs participate:

Batagas (BT): Triples, Monday and Friday evening
Hovingham (HF): Fours, Tuesday and Thursday evening
Huby (HT): Triples, Tuesday and Thursday evening
Ryedale Vets (RV): Triples, Wednesday afternoon (For older players)

Local Lawn Green bowls clubs (and the leagues in which the play) include:

Easingwold           BT, HT, RV
Harome                 HT, RV
Helmsley               BT, HF, RV
Heslerton              BT
Hovingham           BT, HT
Huby                       HT, RV
Hutton le Hole      HT, RV
Kirkbymoorside   BT, HF, RV
Malton                    BT, RV        (website: www.maltonbowlsclub.org )
Pickering                BT, HF, RV
Sessay                     HF
Settrington             BT, HF
Sheriff Hutton       RV
Stillington               HF
Strensall                  BT, RV
Swinton                   BT, HF, RV
Terrington              BT, HT
Thirsk Athletic       HF
Welham (Norton on Derwent)        BT website: www.welhamlawnbowls.wordpress.com
Wiggington              BT, HT, RV

More details about these clubs can be found on the League websites:
Batagas League: www.batagasbowls.wordpress.com

Hovingham League: https://www.hugofox.com/community/hovingham-district-bowls-league-13468/contact/

Huby League: woodhouse
Ryedale Vets League: https://ryedaledistrictveteransbowlsleague.wordpress.com

Club contacts

Driffield                  Sue Medcalf,                  01377 256934  OR  07969 313848
Harome                  Malcolm Armstrong     01751 432565                 malcolm1@live.co.uk
Helmsley                Jan Laker                        07946 742928                  janlaker@icloud.com
Hovingham            Malcolm Hutton           01653 628493               info@hovinghamfireplaces.co.uk
Huby                        Freddie Allnutt             01347 811081  fred.hubybowlsclubsec@btinternet.com
Hutton Le Hole     Jim Pewtress                 01751 431001                     jimpewtress@gmail.com
Kirkbymoorside     Alec Young                    01439 771160                alecmunro525@btinternet.com
Malton                      Ian Strangeway           07971 779378              ianstrangeway@btinternet.com
Pickering                   Jean Bell                        01751 472137                     a.bell001@btinternet.com
Settrington              Maureen Croser           01653 692522                 maureencroser@yahoo.co.uk
Sherriff Hutton     Roy Thompson              01347 878644                     thompsonroy5@gmail.com
Sledmere                  Dave Foreman             01262 488349                     daveforeman@outlook.com
Stillington                Margaret Tomlinson    01347 811443         margaret_tomlinson@hotmail.com
Swinton                     Lynne Metcalfe             01751 475138                lynnemetcalfe@hotmail.co.uk
Terrington                 Dave Gaskell                  01653 648394               dave@gaskellfamily.plus.com
Thornton Le Dale    Chris Gibbons                07944 265932                     gibbonsc1@yahoo.co.uk
Welham                      Harry Felgate                     01653 697380                     welhamclub@gmail.com
Wetwang                   Denise Stead                  01377 240800                     denisestead@aol.com

This page will be used to provide more details of other bowling activity within Ryedale and the Norton-Malton area of North Yorkshire. Many details about bowls activities in Ryedale can be found here

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